British Championships: Daryll Neita Doubles Her Gold Medal

Daryll Neita celebrates with the USA flag after her 100m win on Saturday at Manchester

Written By Uche Dozie

After upsetting the pack, beating Dina Asher-Smith in the women’s 100 metres, Daryll Neita added the 200 metres gold medal to her laurels.

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Daryll Neita secured her second gold medal of the Muller UK Athletics Championships in Manchester after a 22.34 finish on Sunday.

Neita defeated off Tokyo Olympian Beth Dobbin (22.49), while 100m bronze medallist Imani-Lara Lansiquot landed another third-place finish in 22.70.


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Though the tailwind of 3.5 in her time meant Neita does not qualify for the 200m World Championships as it is short of the 22.80 qualifying mark. However, the 25-year-old was delighted with her weekend’s work.

“Double British sprint champion sounds, good doesn’t it?” said Neita, the first female athlete to do the 100m and 200m double since Laura Turner in 2010. “I came here to do that and I have achieved it. Obviously, the wind means I don’t have the qualification standard for the Worlds, but I can’t do any more than win.”

After such a confidence-boosting two days, she added: “I really think I can go to Eugene and perform. I am a great fan of the sport and I watch others but I don’t measure myself against others. I am here to stay now.”

Neita is the first woman to win the British Championships sprint double since 2010.

Meanwhile…

Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake powered to an impressive Season’s Best (SB) and Championship Record (CR) of 20.05s (2.0) to win the men’s 200m at the British Championships, his fastest since 2018.

Joe Ferguson was second in a PB of 20.23s while U-20 Jeriel Quainoo got third in 20.40s (PB).

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He betters the 20.08 championship record set in 2019 by Adam Gemili, who finished fifth in Manchester.

“I needed that win,” Mitchell-Blake said. “I want to be the best in the nation and now I can go out and compete with the rest of the world.

“It feels good to run fast and I know there is more in the tank”

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